Category: Favourite Films

Almodovar: A Retrospective at GoMA


Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet

For some reason I had this random urge to start listening to the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack last week which prompted me to start looking at film stills of the movie.  I’ve always thought Baz Luhrmann was a genius and I’ve always listed Romeo & Juliet as one of my favourite films but never really appreciated the soundtrack until now.

I thought I’d dedicate a post to the stills and songs that have been inspiring me over the past week.

Cruel Intentions

I remember the first time that I saw this trailer as a kid I knew instantly that I had to do whatever it took to watch it. I remember the day that I finally went to the movies to try and see it before being told by the attendant that I wasn’t allowed to get into the cinema because it was rated MA 15+ ( I was only 10 at the time.)

3 months later and I was  finally able to watch it thanks to the good old Blockbuster franchise and to this day, it still stands as my favourite movie. I’ve read Choderlos De Laclos’ original novel, watched the 80’s film and even written 10,000 word essays on it and yet it still manages to affect me on every viewing.

Dangerous Liaisons

“You see, I have no intention of breaking down her prejudices. I want her to believe in God and virtue and the sanctity of marriage, and still not be able to stop herself. I want the excitement of watching her betray everything that is most important to her. “

Twilight? My Mother Liked To Call It Midnight

I watched the new Harry Potter movie last night and can rightfully say, I walked away very impressed. Having grown up reading the books like many others there’s no real point talking about the story – though I have to admit that the scriptwriters did a great job adding comic relief throughout the film. One scene in particular was before the story of the Deathly Hallows was explained there was clever banter revolving around the ‘Twilight’ phenomena.

What really impressed me in the movie – although annoying as I HAD to notice it – were particular subtleties with regards to the production. I felt the movie was a lot more experimental – evident in the inclusion of a lot more handheld camera shots that worked well in creating a lot of tension. Also, the motion graphics sequence to explain the Deathly Hallows story was captivating and I’m sure the company commissioned would’ve really enjoyed creating it.

The locations they chose for the movie were out of this world. I guess it relied heavily on it as there were so many scenes they had to quickly apparate out of. The scene which really stood out for me though was when Harry and Hermione danced alone in the tent – as they were able to avert a possibly cliche and cheesy moment and turn it into something more natural – with Harry clearly being unable to dance. I was gritting my teeth at the start of that scene and felt it was going to let the whole film down but was very surprised that it played out so well.

Can’t wait for Pt. 2!

PS: I could not stop noticing how much of a babe Emma Watson was throughout the movie. Hermione certainly has to up there now as one of the greatest female characters – such a babe!